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Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "Lies and mistrust have made people so frightened of one another that, wanting to act before the others did, they have...

The Gossipy Tribulations Of King Guntram’s Favorite Church Door-Keeper

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) of the Merovingian Dynasty was a paranoid king, and rightfully so. Guntram had originally shared power over the...

The Embarrassing Failed Invasion Of Crete By Constantine VII

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In the colorful painting above, artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

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Olaf Haraldsson, a Christian convert with a background as a Viking and a mercenary, declared himself to be the next king of Norway in...

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Above is a self-portrait painted by Miyamoto Musashi (c. c. 1584 –1645), one of the most interesting figures to have lived in Japan. It...

The Decameron, Painted By John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

In the colorful painting above, artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

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Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Calgacus at Mons Graupius, by William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885)

In the scene displayed above, the British illustrator William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885) brought to life a pre-battle speech said to have occurred in the...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

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The Gossipy Tribulations Of King Guntram’s Favorite Church Door-Keeper

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) of the Merovingian Dynasty was a paranoid king, and rightfully so. Guntram had originally shared power over the...

Thor Vs The Midgard Serpent, By Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922)

In the action-packed scene above, the German artist Emil Doepler (c. 1855–1922) recreated an apocalyptic showdown between figures from Norse mythology. On the Right,...

Aeneas’ Flight From Troy, By Federico Barocci (16th Century)

This scene, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Frederico Barocci, depicts the famous escape of Aeneas from Ilium at the end of the legendary...

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10 Wise Quotes From Anna Komnene

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Ten Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Quotes

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 to David and Elizabeth Poe, two actors who lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, David...

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Xenophon

Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "Lies and mistrust have made people so frightened of one another that, wanting to act before the others did, they have...

Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Most people seem to want to be loved rather than to love, the reason being their desire for honour." From The Nicomachean Ethics...

Hesiod

Hesiod (flourished c. 8th century BCE) "If your spirit in your breast yearns for riches, do as follows, and work, work upon work." From Hesiod’s Works and...

Triumph Of Achilles, Painted In 1892 By Franz Von Matsch (c. 1861-1942)

This painting, created in 1892 by the Austrian artist, Franz von Matsch (c. 1861-1942), depicts an ignoble scene of Achilles from the legendary Trojan...

Calgacus at Mons Graupius, by William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885)

In the scene displayed above, the British illustrator William Greatbach (c. 1802-1885) brought to life a pre-battle speech said to have occurred in the...

Aeneas’ Flight From Troy, By Federico Barocci (16th Century)

This scene, painted by the 16th-century Italian artist Frederico Barocci, depicts the famous escape of Aeneas from Ilium at the end of the legendary...

The Generous Rise And Authoritarian Crash Of Spurius Maelius

According to ancient scholars such as Quintus Ennius (c. 239-169 BCE), Lucius Cincius Alimentus (flourished c. 200 BCE) and Livy (59 BCE-17 CE), their...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17CE) "The enemy are at the gates. If he is not forced back, we shall soon be fighting in the streets." The History...

Surrender Of King John II Of France At The Battle Of Poitiers, By Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909)

This image, created by the French artist Henri-Louis Dupray (c. 1841-1909), depicts the surrender of King John II of France to the forces of...

Geoffrey Chaucer

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In 1086, William the Conqueror launched his plan to survey and analyze the lands he controlled in England. It was a project which would...

Operation Titanic And The Airborne Invasion Of The Ruperts

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The Gossipy Tribulations Of King Guntram’s Favorite Church Door-Keeper

King Guntram of Burgundy (r. 561-593) of the Merovingian Dynasty was a paranoid king, and rightfully so. Guntram had originally shared power over the...

Self-Portrait Of Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 –1645)

Above is a self-portrait painted by Miyamoto Musashi (c. c. 1584 –1645), one of the most interesting figures to have lived in Japan. It...

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Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE) "Lies and mistrust have made people so frightened of one another that, wanting to act before the others did, they have...

The Embarrassing Failed Invasion Of Crete By Constantine VII

Emperor Constantine VII of Constantinople (r. 913-959) had a bizarre reign. He ascended to the throne as a child, and after his marriage to...

The Decameron, Painted By John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

In the colorful painting above, artist John William Waterhouse (1849–1917) brings to life the framework story of The Decameron, a masterpiece of literature written...

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Aristotle

Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE) "Most people seem to want to be loved rather than to love, the reason being their desire for honour." From The Nicomachean Ethics...

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